China builds world's fastest supercomputer

Summary:Chinese researchers have built the world's fastest supercomputer, which is almost 50 percent more powerful than its predecessor.

Chinese researchers have built the world's fastest supercomputer, which is almost 50 percent more powerful than its predecessor.

The Tianhe-1A, based at the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) in China, can perform over 2.5 thousand trillion floating point operations per second (petaflops).

Professor Jack Dongarra, who is a member of the Top500 supercomputer ranking project, told ZDNet UK that he had been present when NUDT tested the Tianhe-1A supercomputer at the National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin.

For more of this story, read China builds world's fastest supercomputer on ZDNet UK.

Topics: China

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